Har­rier Young goes fourth

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CHILTERN Har­ri­ers’ Ali Young was fourth lady home in the gru­elling Xiqiao In­ter­na­tional 24 hour race in China, where ex­treme tem­per­a­tures forced many ath­letes to drop out.

Dur­ing the day, she had to bat­tle tem­per­a­tures of 36°C, with 90 per cent hu­mid­ity, and even the night did not bring cooler weather as the road and build­ings ra­di­ated heat.

To add to the sur­real ex­pe­ri­ence, the course was laid down through a tra­di­tional Chi­nese town movie set in an arts stu­dio.

She said: “I was pleased with the re­sult as I did zero heat train­ing prior to the event, not ap­pre­ci­at­ing what the con­di­tions would be. Some top ath­letes had to drop out dur­ing the event, and al­though it was far from my 24-hour per­sonal best, I kept steady and con­tin­ued through­out.”

It com­pleted a fine month for the Amer­sham ath­lete, who also found out she has been se­lected to rep­re­sent Team GB at Oc­to­ber’s Euro­pean 24-hours Cham­pi­onship in Albi, France.

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